Virtual Private Practice RD Marie Elena Bitar

Founder & Owner, Beyond Food Rules, LLC

What is your current position?

I am the Founder and Owner of Beyond Food Rules, LLC, a first-gen immigrant, woman-owned virtual private practice focused on helping folks with disordered eating heal their relationship with food and their bodies. I am a non-diet, weight-inclusive RD who practices through principles of Intuitive Eating, Health at Every Size(R), Self-Compassion, Mindfulness, and Motivational Interviewing.

How did you get started in your career?

Growing up in a Lebanese household, food held such a special place in my heart that I decided to major in it. After completing a Bachelor’s degree in Nutritional Sciences, I moved to the US to pursue a master’s degree in Public Health and Nutritional Sciences at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. In grad school, I was fortunate enough to take classes purely focused on Eating Disorders and Weight Bias. These courses shaped my career path and the type of practitioner I would become. Post-grad school, I continued to pursue opportunities in the field of eating disorder treatment and disordered eating. Finally, a few years later, I decided to combine my passion for public health and social justice with nutrition and start my own inclusive private practice.

What advice would you give to someone new to the field?

My best advice to someone new in the field is to always be open to listening and learning. No matter how many years of education you’ve accumulated, it’s always important to prioritize your patient’s lived experience over your own textbook knowledge. Build a supportive circle of peers around you who share your same core values and beliefs. This work can be draining and isolating. It’s important to take care of yourself, set boundaries and talk to someone who understands what you’re struggling with when the going gets tough. Remember, you can’t pour from an empty cup. Trust your gut, be your own person, challenge the status quo and go on and change the world. You can do it!


Find more about Marie below

Instagram: @beyondfoodrules

Tik tok: @beyondfoodrules


I constantly run free workshops that I market on my instagram and my website includes some free guidebooks as well.

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